NAC visit to Georgia / Meeting of the NATO-Georgia Commission

Tbilisi, Georgia, 7-8 September 2016

GENERAL INFORMATION

  1. At the invitation of the Georgian authorities, the North Atlantic Council (NAC) chaired by NATO Secretary General will visit Georgia on 7-8 September 2016.
  2. On 7 September, the Secretary General will chair a meeting of the NATO-Georgia Commission in Tbilisi, with the participation of the Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili.
  3. On 8 September, in Tbilisi, the NATO Ambassadors and the Secretary General will also meet the President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili and Chairman of the Parliament of Georgia David Usupashvili and members of the Parliament. They will also have a meeting with The Minister of Defence of Georgia Levan Izoria and the Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze. Outreach activities will be organized, during which the NATO Ambassadors will engage with members of the opposition parties, media and NGOs.
  4. During the visit, the NATO Secretary General will deliver a speech at the National Library of Georgia.

 

PROGRAM AND MEDIA ACCESS

  1. The definitive program will be handed to media representatives upon accreditation. It will include restricted access by selected visual media to the opening of the meetings and the official portrait, and unrestricted access to press conferences. Some of the key events will be as below:
    • coverage of the opening remarks of the NATO-Georgia Commission meeting
    • Joint press conference of the NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and the Prime Minister of Georgia, H.E. Mr Giorgi Kvirikashvili (Radisson Blue Iveria Hotel).
    • Inauguration of the new premises of the Information Centre on NATO and EU with the participation of the Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow and the State Minister of Georgia on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration David Bakradze.
  2. During the second day, the following main events are open for media coverage:
    • opening remarks at the meetings with members of the Parliament and the President of Georgia
    • NATO Secretary General’s public speech
    • Press Conference by the President of Georgia and the NATO Secretary General I
Precise timings and locations will be provided upon accreditation
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  1. Live coverage of the media events is foreseen and will be made available by NATO on web streaming and via satellite. The public opening remarks and the NATO Secretary General’s press conference will be available on the NATO website (http://www.nato.int/) after the event. The NATO TV/Radio Office in Brussels will make available video and still photographic material via the NATO website and upon request in broadcast quality; furthermore, an edited package will also be available upon request via the NATO TV/Radio office in Brussels after the meeting.
  2. Access to the facilities in Tbilisi by the media wishing to cover the events will be possible starting from 6 September, 11h00 ;

    Opening dates and hours of the Media Center:
  • 6th of September: 11h00- 21h00;
  • 7th of September: 10h00- 21h00;
  • 8th of September: 7h00-20h00.

Those media representatives wishing to bring in TV, photo or large recording equipment (including SNGs or OB vans) must arrive at the venues ahead of time for security checks.

 

MEDIA ACCREDITATION

  1. Prior accreditation is required and must be made through the website of theMinistry of the Foreign Affairs of Georgia at link http://mfa.gov.ge/nac/form.aspx. Applications for accreditation must be submitted before the 1st of September close of business. Applications received after that deadline might not be considered.
  2.  Distribution of the media badges will take place in Tbilisi. Media can pick up their accreditation starting from 6 September, 11:00 in the Media Center at the Radisson Blue Iveria. Media passes must be picked up in person upon presentation of a valid photo ID card or passport.
  3. Security screening will take place upon entering the venues, which frequently results in long lines and delays getting into the hotel. Media representatives should time their arrival on site accordingly.


FACILITIES / TRANSPORT / ACCOMMODATION

  1. Equipped media center is foreseen in Radisson Blue Iveria Hotel (PCs, Wi-Fi and LAN internet connections, printers, CCTV system broadcasting the events open for the media, telephone and fax lines, photocopiers). The press conference rooms will be cabled for sound in English, French, Georgian and Russian.
  2. Media representatives interested in covering the events should make their own arrangements regarding transport to Tbilisi, accommodation and / or visa. Access to the venues might be difficult on 7 and 8 September and media representatives are encouraged to allow for extra time to pass through security controls.
  3. Transport will be provided between “Radisson Blue Iveria” and the Parliament and the outreach activities.

The final media program will be available on the official websites of the Office of the State Minister of Georgia on European and Euro-Atlantic integration (eu-nato.gov.ge) and NATO (nato.int).

 

ENQUIRIES

Mrs. Khatuna Saginadze 

Georgian Media Coordinator

E-mail: NAC-Georgia-2016@eu-nato.gov.ge 

Mr. Damien Arnaud

NATO Media Coordinator

E-mail: arnaud.damien@hq.nato.int